Personalized Embroidered Art

Inspired by an Instagram picture I saw, I worked with Claire to create personalized embroidered art for each of her teachers for the end of the school year.
First I had Claire write "Thank you Miss Robin" and "Thank you Miss Tricia" on a piece of paper. Since her writing didn't quite fill the size of the frame I was hoping to use, I then scanned her writing to my computer and increased the size until it was the size I needed.
then it was off to the craft supply store to pick out pretty colors!
I could seriously waste a lot of time just picking out different color combinations, so fun!
I settled on red, yellow, green and aqua - kind of teacher-like without going completely primary.
next, using a fabric pen, I traced the letters onto white fabric...
...and I got to stitching!
this is such a quick project, I would estimate that I had less than an hour into each one
Finally, I mounted each one in a white frame...
...and had Claire write her name on the backs.
I used the Take Home Bags as wrapping and also included a Barnes & Noble gift card with each one to create a heartfelt, practical and hopefully a fun package of gifts for her teachers to receive.
There are so many applications for this project - next up, I'm thinking I may have Claire write her name and I'll stitch it up as a way to remember/document her handwriting through the years.  She also recently drew a picture of our family, maybe I'll stitch that?  The choices are endless!


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Candy Bar Party Favors

As far as I'm concerned, every party requires party favors.
I recently made these candy bar party favors for a baby shower, and since they could easily be customized to any decor/theme, I wanted to share them with you.I used Hershey's nuggets and found that if I cut my scrapbook papers to 1 1/8 inches x 3 1/4 inches, they were the perfect size to cover each candy bar.Using scrapbooking adhesive, I wrapped each candy bar.Next, for the packaging, I found these small drawstring muslin bags at The Plaid Barn.
I was lucky enough to find a rubber stamp at JoAnns that was almost a perfect match to the flowers on the invite. One stamp on the front of each muslin bag, and the packaging for the favors was done!  Another great option for packaging would have been clear cello bags tied with a bow, that way the papers would have shown.Finally, I used a pretty aqua pedestal bowl from Rebel.reclaimed to display the favors.  They seemed to go over well, of course though, who doesn't love chocolate???
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strolling (in style!)

Have a great weekend! We're looking at 85 degrees around here, I can't wait!

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Scrapbuster Project : Canvas Bags

Is it just me, or did the end of the school year just creep up out of no where??? While I'm so ready for summer vacation and wide open days, I love love love Claire's teachers and will be sad to see our time with them end.

Throughout the school year, the kids would take turns bringing home the "Take Home Bag" which contained different homework activities for the kids to do.
As soon as I saw the current version of the bag, I knew an upgrade was in order. The bag was dirty and had peeling puffy paint, and I just knew I could make something nicer for the teachers and kids to use!
I picked up a pack of pre-made canvas bags from Hobby Lobby and rummaged through my fabric scraps finding fabrics containing bright reds, yellows, blues and greens. (Yet another reason to never throw away fabric, my scraps only needed to be 3-4 inches in size in order to work for this project!)
I cut letters out using my Cricut and traced them onto the fabric using Heat n Bond Ultra (remember when using Heat n Bond to trace your letters/shapes backwards!)

I made two bags and laid out each of the letters until I found the just right combination of fabrics for each one
after finding the just right spacing for the letters, I ironed them on to the two bags
I'm so happy with how these turned out and hope the teachers love them too! This is definitely a project anyone can do as there was no sewing involved, just some cutting and ironing. Now go dig through your fabric scraps and see what projects you can come up with!!

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